Established in 2003, the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme grew from a direct need for local support for South Island cochlear implant patients and their families. Centrally located in Christchurch, New Zealand, the SCIP team is dedicated to the identification and rehabilitation of children and adults with moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss who derive minimal benefit from conventional hearing aids.

The Programme has brought together a team comprising Specialist Surgeons, Audiologists, Adult Rehabilitationists and Paediatric Habilitationists. With the assistance of a team of Administration staff who coordinate appointments, finance and the day to day running of the organisation, every person who is referred will be welcomed onto the Programme and have their needs assessed on an individual basis in a timely manner, in accordance with the SCIP Protocols.

Due to the continued expansion of the programme to include support for children and families in the lower North Island, we are currently in the process of expanding our Wellington office which provides Habilitation services for children, to include audiology services for adults and children.